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AMBULANCES & PATIENT HANDLING
MOVING PATIENTS SAFELY & EFFICIENTLY
acceleration of 1 meter per second squared on
a mass of 1 kilogram.
In a two-person traditional hook lift, the
maximum compression forces on the spine
averaged out to about 4,702 N for each provider
while lifting and 4,513 N while lowering; the
lifting movement is over 1,300 N greater than
the NIOSH recommendation. (See Figure 1.)
When the single-person “hug” technique
for lifting the patient is performed, the total
newtons of compression on the spine rises to
6,336.3 N for the lifting portion and 6,007.9
N for the lowering portion. (See Figure 2.)
Both of these numbers are nearly double the
It’s notable that these figures pertain to a
patient who, although a paraplegic, was cooperative and weighed only 50 kg. 5, 6 We know
from experience that the patients EMS providers regularly encounter, even for routine lift
assists, can weigh double or triple this amount.
Coupled with variations in patient mental status, physical condition, and the awkward locations in which we find patients, the
compression forces exerted on the spine on a
shift-to-shift basis likely far exceed the numbers seen in this study.
As we’ve seen in the case study in the introduction and from the numbers presented, a
change in how we handle lifting and moving
is clearly needed. In the following section, we
will discuss three controls: 1) administrative;
2) engineering; and 3) behavioral. 7
These controls have been successfully implemented by the nursing industry to minimize
lower back injury among providers, and will
hopefully be implemented in our own industry soon.
Nursing as a profession, and especially nursing homes, have been on the front lines in terms
of research on safe lifting and moving practices, and in translating research into practice
to minimize injury among their personnel.
Figure 2: Single-person “hug”
technique for patient lifting
Figure 1: Two-person hook lift